He changed swimming FOREVER in less than 4 minutes!



What Ian Thorpe did in 2000s changed the swimming coaches’ style of training, competing and technique forever. Before him, most swimmers focused on taking as many strokes as possible.

After the Thorpe era, we trained and swam very differently.

00:00 – Everyone was swimming badly
00:14 – The first record
00:51 – New record
01:08 – Sydney 2000
02:53 – Race of the century
04:27 – Swimming tip

Ian Thorpe wins Men’s 400m freestyle final | Sydney 2000

Phelps vs Thorpe vs van den Hoogenband – Men’s Freestyle 200m at Athens 2004 |

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22 comments

  1. This is how we swam back in hr fifties and sixties.Breaststroke should lie prone and just lift the head and pull UNDER the body, not a wide sweep.

  2. Ian Thorpe hacía una flecha distinta a lo que hoy vemos, al entrar al agua y en cada vuelta. Interesante!

  3. Worth noting his big feet took longer to do 3 cycles of kicking. It maybe isn’t faster for everyone to do this?

  4. Two comments :
    – Thorpe's kicking engine must be far more powerful than competitors, which can explain the gliding
    – Can you guide me to an analysis of SUN Yang which has very arm-rotation compared to others on the 1500 m ?

  5. Dude, you REALLY need to put in more work into the video editing. What are the technique differences you talked about? No idea beside the stroke frequency.

  6. Still…. There is no one like Yelena Isinbaeva! Watch some video about her. Women has broke the world record 27 or 28 times. Man… she is something special. I think that no one ever will beat hear. She is QUEEN of sports!

  7. when I was a agonistic swimmer in the 80's ( 🙂 ) this idea to slip more efficiently in the water while trying to reduce the frequency of the strokes and save energy was already known in all the four styles (I was breaststroke swimmer), as it is in some way automatic as soon as the swimmer becomes stronger and faster. The problem is the need to have an excellent hydrodynamic to slip (the trim swim and the suite) and very strong legs to maintain the thrust during the no-traction phase of the stroke… and this makes the difference between Thorpe and the others.
    Leg's muscles are very strong but also consume a lot of energy because the movement (the kick) is not so natural and a swimmer may easily "collapse" if he abuses of them. In addition to keep the body balanced in the water arms and legs must move synchronously. This means that if frequency is decreased legs oscillation (the kick) is slower and also the thrust is less…. going slower.
    last but not least if the swimmer is not in front the waves created by the others disturb more the trim swim and increasing effort to correct it and resistance in the water (ref. laminar flow vs turbulent flow)
    This to say that this technique is not for all.

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